Adrian Peterson has today come out and expressed his concern for the position of Runningbacks in the NFL.
Peterson has felt that the position is growing smaller in popularity, existence and importance in NFL offensive strategies.
Claiming that: "I feel like me and a couple of other guys, we're going to try and keep it alive as far as the running backs being able to come out and be able to keep the running back position top of the level,"
Peterson was one of the NFL's best Runningbacks last year running for over 1,200 yards for the Minnesota Vikings during 2013.
The claims that the Runningback position is becoming smaller and less necessary is certainly one with a lot of evidence to support it.
The fact that not a single Runningback was taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft and it is looking likely that the same will happen again this year.
Well to Adrian Peterson I say, your fears are a bit too exaggerated.
Yes, some big name Runningbacks have struggled in free agency this year and the draft class of both this year and last year isn't favourable to the rushing game but I feel like he is overlooking many key examples of the rushing game being deployed in the NFL.
Last year in the play-offs, the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 43-22, but the story of this match was the five touchdowns scored by the Patriots.
All five were rushing touchdowns which means Tom Brady never threw a single touchdown all game and even more impressively, LeGarrette Blount ran in four of them.
What about the Super Bowl?
Yes, it was an almost blow-out as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 but everyone knows how run heavy the Seahawks are.
In fact one of the biggest plays in the match came through Percy Harvin as he ran the ball a long way down field to help the Seahawks on the way to the endzone.
That is two games out of an entire season where the running games triumph over the passing game was obvious so for Peterson to be worried about the running game falling out of play books or becoming marginalised is stupid.
As for his fears about the amount of talent coming through, his thoughts are a bit more valid.
LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Frank Gore and Peterson himself are all excellent Runningbacks but beyond them?
Well, Ryan Mathews of the Chargers? Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears or even the Washington Redskins Alfred Bell are good Runningbacks but elite? that remains to be seen.
In the end, only 13 players rushed over 1,000 yards last season, yes that number could be considered to be worrying.
But in essence, isn't that the point of sports? Some teams have areas where they're particularly strong while others may be weaker in that area but stronger in another?
Just because they don't have players who ran over 1,000 yards doesn't mean their rushing game is bad, once again I bring up the Patriots, they were seen as changing to a rushing offense last season yet they didn't have a single person rush over 1,000 yards.
As for the draft, this year it is a very passing game heavy class with the likes of Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney all coming through.
Overall I think maybe Peterson is worried about issues that aren't in need of concern just yet, should we get a third year where no Runningback is drafted in the first round, possibly then but for now, the sirens can be given a rest.
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